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2014 Cardinals spring training number assignments

You know who wears number 4 for the St. Louis Cardinals, but who is that guy wearing number 91 in spring training?

Counting down to Cardinals Truck Day

If you can’t wait for pitchers and catchers to report to spring training, here is an even shorter countdown to follow.

The Hall of Fame is not up for taking a stand

The National Baseball Hall of Fame has not stepped forward when tough decisions needed to be made.

Proposed Astros-Blue Jays Florida complex hits a snag

The proposed southeast Florida location for the new spring training home of the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays is off the table and the St. Louis Cardinals could be indirectly impacted.

Of course, three eligible Cardinals filed for arbitration

St. Louis Cardinals Peter Bourjos, Jon Jay and Daniel Descalso are following the defined process to establish their 2014 salaries via MLB’s arbitration process.

Cardinals to appear on ESPN at least seven times

The St. Louis Cardinals will appear on ESPN twice during spring training and at least five times during the regular season through July.

2014 Cardinals home and away spring broadcast schedule

Partial spring training television and radio plans from the St. Louis Cardinals and their opponents.

Are the Reds and Cardinals heading in opposite directions?

The Cincinnati Reds are having trouble finding the money to keep key players, unlike their divisional rival from St. Louis.

TCN blog 2013 top story #6: La Russa’s unanimous Hall selection

16-year, now-retired manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, Tony La Russa, will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

2014 Cardinals Winter Warm-Up autograph prices

Some autograph prices at the St. Louis Cardinals fan event, Winter Warm-Up, are slightly up for 2014, though there will more freebies.

Don Mattingly on St. Louis Cardinals sign stealing

Apparently, bad blood remains from the 2013 National League Championship Series.

2014 Cardinals tender/non-tender predictions

Three eligible St. Louis Cardinals should receive contract offers for 2014, but one may not.

Cardinals bring home extra holiday cash in postseason shares

A postseason share for the 2013 National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals totaled over $228,000.

Jhonny Peralta pros and cons for the Cardinals

Rumors have a deal between free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta and the St. Louis Cardinals close. Early views from fans have been mixed.

First partial view of 2014 Cardinals spring training schedule

The last of the Major League Baseball awards for 2013 have been announced, celebrated and debated. As the Arizona Fall League has come to its close, winter ball will be the only live baseball activity to keep us going until spring. The good news is that spring, as defined by players reporting to camp, is [...]

La Russa’s age accelerates his Hall chances

Retired St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa will appear on his first Hall of Fame ballot next month.

Cardinals’ Lynn just misses out on big Super 2 payout

St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn fell short of arbitration eligibility by three days.

The obstruction rule and call

Game 3 of the 2013 World Series ended on a very unusual play that the umpires got right.

Was Boston’s Lester loading up baseballs?

Photo and video of Wednesday’s World Series Game 1 Boston starter Jon Lester suggest the possibility of a foreign substance in his glove.

On Michael Wacha and Steve Carlton

Two high-profile 22-year-old pitchers for the St. Louis Cardinals faced the Boston Red Sox in the World Series – 46 years apart.

Wacha boldly goes where no man has gone before

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha has put his name in the post-season record books.

Poll: Who are your Cardinals NLCS starting pitchers?

Who should start for the St. Louis Cardinals in Games 1 and 2 of the NLCS in St. Louis this weekend?

Lou Brock-related St. Louis Cardinals trivia

With Hall of Famer Lou Brock throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Wednesday night’s Game 5 of the National League Division Series, researcher Tom Orf offers up a quick and timely bit of trivia.

Will the Cardinals’ momentum carry into the post-season?

Looking at past St. Louis Cardinals season-ending results and comparing them to post-season outcomes.

MLB updates 2013 post-season schedule

Schedules for Major League Baseball post-season games through Friday, October 4 have been announced.

Why the Cardinals should keep winning

Brian Walton’s thinking behind the optimal path for the Cardinals to take to and through the post-season.

Cardinals September hitting equals Kozma’s season

Halfway through September, the St. Louis Cardinals are on their way to their worst final month in terms of batting average in team history.

MLB announces 2013 post-season schedule

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball announced the schedule for the 2013 Postseason, with coverage shared by TBS, MLB Network and FOX Network.

Who was the best minor league acquisition in Cardinals history?

The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired many players over time, but which minor league addition became the best as a major leaguer?

Schedule works against Cardinals September national television coverage

The St. Louis Cardinals are assured of appearing on FOX Network, ESPN and MLB Network just three times during September, though more games may be picked up later.

Cardinals to be featured nationally 15 times during August

The St. Louis Cardinals will appear on FOX Network, ESPN and MLB Network 15 times during August.

How rough is the Cardinals current stretch historically?

The St. Louis Cardinals have lost seven in a row, including four straight at Pittsburgh, with run scoring at a premium. Just how bad is it?

Final Cardinals trivia question to win 2011 World Series Game 6 discs

Relive the St. Louis Cardinals’ biggest victory in years in a giveaway to commemorate new MLB programming available on iTunes.

Another Cardinals trivia question to win 2011 World Series Game 6 discs

Relive the St. Louis Cardinals’ biggest victory in years in a giveaway to commemorate new MLB programming available on iTunes.

New Cardinals trivia question to win 2011 World Series Game 6 discs

Relive the St. Louis Cardinals’ biggest victory in years in a giveaway to commemorate new MLB programming available on iTunes.

Answer Cardinals trivia question to win 2011 World Series Game 6 discs

Relive the St. Louis Cardinals’ biggest victory in years in a giveaway to commemorate new MLB programming available on iTunes.

FOX Sports Midwest second in 2013 first-half MLB TV ratings

The television home of the St. Louis Cardinals moved up to number two in MLB ratings in the first half of 2013 after finishing in third in 2012.

Win 2011 World Series Game 6 discs to celebrate MLB Productions Films on iTunes

Relive the St. Louis Cardinals’ biggest victory in years in a giveaway to commemorate new MLB programming available on iTunes.

Red, Brock Peterson, Mike Ryba and George Watkins

On Saturday night, Brock Peterson became the oldest St. Louis Cardinal to collect an RBI in his first MLB at-bat since at least 1935.

Forbes: Memphis Redbirds is eighth-most valuable MiLB franchise

A new Forbes report pegs the St. Louis Cardinals Triple-A franchise as being worth $29 million.

Improving Uecker-level seating – at a price

A new capability allows fans to upgrade their seats while sporting events are underway.

Siegrist hits the record books before allowing a run

Left-handed pitcher Kevin Siegrist set a St. Louis Cardinals record and placed on the MLB top 10 all-time list for scoreless appearances to open a career.

How does nine winning Cardinals starting pitchers compare?

Through 91 games, the St. Louis Cardinals have collected wins from nine different starting pitchers 12 different times, including this season.

Cardinals to be featured nationally seven times during July

The St. Louis Cardinals will appear on FOX Network and ESPN twice during July and MLB Network three times.

Yadier Molina joins New Balance team

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will be endorsing New Balance athletic shoes.

Reviewing the Cardinals draft with Rob Rains

Brian Walton and Rob Rains of StLSportsPage.com break down the St. Louis Cardinals 2013 draft.

Re-checking the St. Louis Cardinals odds

Looking at changes in the odds for the Major League Baseball clubs in 2013.

Carpenter sets a painful St. Louis Cardinals record

Matt Carpenter has taken the lead on an unenviable St. Louis Cardinals career list – most hit by pitches in a game. We look back at other oft-plunked Cardinals.

Changes to St. Louis Cardinals June broadcast schedule

A quick look at network and time changes for a handful of June games of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Matheny to manage first double-header

A look back at St. Louis Cardinals double-headers since 1996.

Will Michael Wacha meet or exceed Joe Magrane?

The career WAR of fast-risers to St. Louis points to Joe Magrane as closest to average. Will new arrival Michael Wacha meet or exceed Magrane’s results?

Wacha to join Carpenter and Drew as Cardinals’ fastest risers

A look at the players who reached the St. Louis Cardinals the soonest after being drafted.

Baseball and Memorial Day – a time to remember

Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have protected our freedom. Baseball plays a part.

MLB national blackouts are not going away

Major League Baseball Saturday and Sunday blackout windows frustrate out of market viewers, but don’t expect the situation to change.

Tyler Lyons, Andy Rincon and Dizzy Dean

Looking at effective first-game starters in St. Louis Cardinals history who also collected a hit.

Miller, Wainwright with best pair of Cards starts in over 50 years

Game scores put recent St. Louis Cardinals pitching dominance of Shelby Miller and Adam Wainwright into historical perspective.

The Shelby Miller lists

Comparing Shelby Miller’s almost-perfect game to others in St. Louis Cardinals team and Major League Baseball history.

Will 2013 be the last of Mujica?

The current closer of the St. Louis Cardinals, Edward Mujica, is eligible to become a free agent following this season.

Is State funding the answer to Grapefruit League woes?

Florida legislators have passed local subsidies to encourage MLB clubs to not move to Arizona. Prior results have been spotty.

Peoria Chiefs bailout plan approved by City Council

The St. Louis Cardinals’ Midwest League affiliate will receive an additional $7.35 million to remain afloat.

Memphis Redbirds, AutoZone Park sale may have a ways to go

The rumored sale of the Memphis Redbirds and its state of the art stadium may hinge on the City of Memphis.

St. Louis Cardinals players best at bunting

Lists of St. Louis Cardinals players with the most bunt hits and sacrifices in recent years.

Cardinals draft bonus pool details released

The assigned pick values for the first ten rounds of the 2013 draft have been revealed.

Scoreless pitching streak in Cardinals top three all-time

The St. Louis Cardinals’ string of scoreless innings pitched reached 39 before ending on Sunday.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/30/13

Highlights from Saturday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Florida.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/29/13

Highlights from Friday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Florida.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/28/13

Highlights from Thursday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Florida.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/27/13

Highlights from Wednesday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Florida.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/26/13

Highlights from Tuesday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Florida.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/25/13

Highlights from Monday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Florida.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/24/13

Highlights from Sunday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Florida.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/23/13

Highlights from Saturday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Florida.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/22/13

Highlights from Friday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Florida.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/21/13

Highlights from Thursday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Florida.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/20/13

Highlights from Wednesday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Florida.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/19/13

Highlights from Tuesday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Florida.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/18/13

Highlights from Monday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Florida.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/17/13

Highlights from Sunday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Florida.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/16/13

Highlights from Saturday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/15/13

Highlights from Friday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/14/13

Highlights from Thursday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Jupiter, Florida.

Upset about Trout’s salary? Then change the CBA

Major League Baseball’ labor agreement defines what pre-arbitration players can be paid – even for a player who may be the best in the game.

Don’t forget to thank Pujols for Wacha

Spring pitching phenom Michael Wacha would likely not be a St. Louis Cardinal had Albert Pujols remained.

On World Baseball Classic participation and funding

Documenting and dissecting a recent twitter exchange about the World Baseball Classic.

Cardinals spring training special debuts on FOX Sports Midwest

The Cardinals Spring Training Report premieres Monday, Feb. 25 at 9 p.m. CT on FOX Sports Midwest.

Check out the berm at Roger Dean Stadium

Jupiter, Florida’s Roger Dean Stadium features a unique area where tickets are available the day of the game.

50 years ago, the Grapefruit League was far less complicated

Almost all of Major League Baseball’s growth over the last 50 years fed the Cactus League, creating travel distance issues in Florida.

Changes in Cardinals minor league radio broadcast booths

Double-A Springfield needs a new radio voice as one is added in Triple-A Memphis.

Now batting, number 19, Stanley Musial

A long search leads to proof when and where the greatest St. Louis Cardinals player of all time once wore number 19, rather than his well-known number 6.

The $75 million 2014 St. Louis Cardinals

A theoretical exercise to determine how difficult would it be for the St. Louis Cardinals to reduce payroll to $75 million in 2014.

Chris Carpenter overreaction reaction

Considering the current state of the St. Louis Cardinals rotation and beyond.

Can Freese learn from the Cardinals’ 2009 arbitration cases?

The St. Louis Cardinals came down to the last days on a pair of arbitration hearings in 2009. Could it happen again with David Freese in 2013?

Cardinals spring training broadcast schedule

Spring training television and radio plans from the St. Louis Cardinals and opponents.

Fan guide for Cardinals spring training workouts

All fans need to know to attend St. Louis Cardinals spring training workouts from February 12-22 at Jupiter, Florida’s Roger Dean Stadium complex.

ESPN to televise two Cardinals spring training games

The first two televised St. Louis Cardinals spring training contests for 2013 have been announced by ESPN.

Baseball Hall of Fame to partially recognize scouts

A new scouting exhibit planned for Cooperstown is a nice step, but more should be done.

Will the Cardinals ride the Ronny Cedeno rollercoaster?

A new rumor has the St. Louis Cardinals among teams interested in inconsistent free agent infielder Ronny Cedeno.

Catch Musial special Thursday evening on MLB Network

Bob Costas and Tom Verducci host a one-hour program to remember Stan “the Man” Musial.

Stan Musial special to re-air twice on FOX Sports Midwest

FOX Sports Midwest is scheduled to re-air the tribute to Stan Musial, “Remembering Stan Musial” twice in the upcoming weeks.

Remembering Stan Musial on WFAN Radio

I joined host Lori Rubinson on WFAN Radio in New York to discuss the life of the late Stan Musial.